Arts scene: Spring Soiree, Juried Student Show, 'Betrayal,' Unversity Wind Ensemble

Arts Reporter

Big two-oh-oh

The music world is celebrating the bicentennials of the births of the two composers who have defined opera, Verdi and Wagner. The Anchorage Festival of Music will present its salute at its Spring Soiree concert 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Juliana Osinchuk will accompany singers Kate Egan and -- fresh from last weekend's "Pirates of Penzance" -- Nancy Caudill. The affair takes place at a private residence and includes birthday snacks, and tickets are $25. Go online to for reservations and instructions on where to go, or call 276-2465 or email

Students' best

The annual Juried Student Show at UAA Student Union Gallery opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a midday reception at 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Juror Julie Decker will present her lecture at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the UAA Consortium Library, Room 307. Admission is free. The show, an exhibit of outstanding work by UAA art students, will remain on display through May 2. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays.

Love and treason

The works of the late playwright Harold Pinter aren't to everyone's taste, but maybe Perseverence Theatre's presentation of "Betrayal" will be an exception. The plot involves the intricacies of a love triangle over the course of nine years. Described as a "modern classic," the play will be seen at Sydney Laurence Theatre 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday through April 21. Bostin Christopher is directing, which is reason enough for theater fans to check it out.


Free show

The University Wind Ensemble will present "Overture, Songs & Dances" 7:30 p.m. Friday in Bartlett High School Auditorium. The program features work by Aaron Copland and Malcolm Arnold and includes a rare performance of the complete sets of "Cajun Folk Songs" arranged by American composer Frank Ticheli. Under the direction of Mark Wolbers, the band has evolved into one of the premier ensembles in the state over the past two decades. And the price for this concert is right -- free!



Compiled by arts reporter
Mike Dunham